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Pianosa is a small (about 10 km2) island in Italy's Tuscan Archipelago. The name derive from the Italian word "pianura" (plain), since its highest point is some 22 meters over sea level.

Pianosa has no stable residents. It is mildly famous in Italy for hosting a maximum-security prison, where especially dangerous Mafia criminals are held.

For administration purpose, Pianosa is under Elba island municipality. On clear days, it can bee seen from that island as a dark blue line over the ligher blue sea.

Some of the events from the book Catch-22 take place in this island, though Joseph Heller has said that he took some literary license in making Pianosa big enough for a major military complex.

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